Thanks to the efforts of eagle-eyed AROnline reader Nigel Ribbons, we now know that the MG6 is being tested in the UK in saloon form, as well as in the more familiar five-door guise.
The car, which was spotted in the Lake District, had obviously been given a thorough dynamic workout on some of the UK’s most challenging roads and was, apart from its badging, completely undisguised. Given that MG Motor’s dynamic benchmark for the new car is the Ford Focus, it’s good to see that the job is clearly being taken seriously.
Nigel takes up the story: ‘I had just come off the motorway and was overtaking a line of traffic when I spotted it, so I pulled over, waited and then followed it for a few miles. I managed to get out and take a couple of shots when it stopped at some traffic lights.
‘I jumped out to take a photo as the car was stationary and the driver, who was wearing a four-point harness, wound down the window. I asked him if it was the first MG6 in the UK from China. He replied with a grin “Been built in Birmingham this one, mate.” The lights changed and he was gone.’
The MG6 is set to go into production at MG Birmingham later this year, although it’s still unclear how much of its parts content will be sourced from China and how much of an assembly – as opposed to production – role the Longbridge factory will play.
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